Summer Theme Part 1: “Going To Camp”

Over the next few months, we’ll be looking at some books focusing on popular YA summer experiences. Part 1 will be “Going to Camp” and will commence the first week of July; in the meantime, you can check out some past summer camp-related titles we’ve reviewed here, including….

Donna Parker at Cherrydale (October 8, 2012)

Terror on the Mountain (September 17, 2013)

The Girl Scouts’ Rivals (June 25, 2014)

Love & Betrayal & Hold the Mayo! (May 22. 2015)

Upchuck Summer (June 19, 2015)

The Long Shot (Kim Aldrich #4) October 16, 2015

Buddies June 30, 2016

Donna Parker: Mystery at Arawak October 22, 2017

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12 Responses to Summer Theme Part 1: “Going To Camp”

  1. Trina Clements says:

    Hail Hail Camp Timberwood by Ellen Conford is a good one:)

  2. Sheesh says:


  3. Uly says:

    Hey, are you still taking requests? Because dimly related to “going to camp” is this book:

    It pops up with surprising frequency on “what was that forgotten book” sites given how honestly generic the romance part of the plot is. (So says somebody who read it easily a dozen times….)

  4. Uly says:

    Hey, are you still taking requests? If so, you might want to consider Just a Little Bit Lost, which pops up on “Find that lost book” sites with surprising frequency. (I think my previous comment might have gotten spamtrapped due to a link.)

    Going slightly more middle grade you can always do Yours Till Niagara Falls, Abby.

    • mondomolly says:

      I think I have Just A Little Bit Lost on my requests-list, and I’ll add Yours Till Niagara Fall… as well. As I said above, I think Camp is going to have to be an annual theme!

  5. Julie says:

    I remember always seeing Upchuck Summer around in the library, but I never actually wanted to read it. The title just grossed me out, I guess. After reading your review, it was probably for the best, ha ha.
    One other classic summer camp novel you might want to check out is Bummer Summer by Ann M. Martin (before she wrote the Babysitters Club).

    • mondomolly says:

      Upchuck Summer really seems to epitomize the kind of book that could not be published today. The friend who lent me her copy in 6th grade went through and underlined all of the curse words and references to “hard-ons” in it, so I lived in mortal fear that mother mother would flip through it before I returned it to her!

      Thanks for the suggestion, I was a little too old for the Baby Sitters Club books when they were new, but I really enjoyed Martin’s Missing Since Monday when I read it a few years back! Camp might have to be an annual theme!

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